There is a change occurring with Vocational Education Training as more people use the pathway to improve or change their career outcomes.
Caitlin Radford wanted to turn her desire to improve the agriculture industry into a career and a Certificate III in Agriculture and Certificate IV in Leadership and Management helped her get there.
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The career choice been a resounding success given Ms Radford is the reigning Australian Apprentice of the Year due to her hard work.
"It's everyone realising that they need training and are thinking [about] policies and workplace safety and that is huge now," she said.
"It's been a wild ride since then but I wouldn't change it for the world."
Fellow VET graduate Chris Medcraft found himself made redundant at his long-time occupation at Wesley Mill.
At one point, Mr Medcraft believed his was on the employment "scrapheap" and facing an uncertain future until he used VET to pivot his career to the mental health sector.
"In the early days I struggled to put sentences together because I didn't need those skills so VET certainly led me to those basic skills and skills of working with people," he said.
"That's been great to move from that into a new career that I am passionate about, I wouldn't have been able to do that without those set of skills."
Mr Medcraft said the TasTAFE learning environment was the right one for him.
"They're very supportive of helping me to learn to learn and then getting me to the end," he said.
"[Without it] I wouldn't have been able to do it, so that is great."
The state government has launched the second phase of their Right Tack campaign which is aimed at showcasing the impact TasTafe and VET can have.
Earlier this year, the state government announced funding for a TasTAFE virtual campus.
Skills, Training and Workplace Growth Minister Sarah Courtney said that the initial phase of the program had delivered encouraging results.
"Pleasingly in Tasmania we see high levels of student satisfaction, so we know that those that are training are really enjoying that training," she said.
"There are great opportunities here in a range of different workplaces."
The first phase of the campaign was launched in November 2020 after being delayed due to COVID-19.
In recent times, TasTAFE has made a concerted push to encourage more skilled workers into agriculture.
The campaign features promotional videos of five VET student success stories to encourage people to consider the pathway.
"This is about VET training providing opportunities for all Tasmanians no matter where you live," Ms Courtney said.
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